SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a curriculum site that offers more than 160 online classes for all ages plus homeschool parents support. The classes can be started at any time and accessed 24/7. The classes vary in length from several weeks to a year. There are a number of subjects available with many choices of classes for elementary, middle school and high school homeschool. Below is a list of subjects available as well as a screenshot of the art category.
- Computer and Technology
- Drama and Speech
- Foreign Languages
- History, Geography, and Social Studies
- Language Arts
- Nutrition, Health, and Fitness
SchoolhouseTeachers.com is helping fill in some of the gaps in our homeschool. My children are able to pick and choose from different courses and online electives that interest them or that I find necessary to fill their homeschool requirements. One of the perks is that if the course that we choose isn’t working for them we can stop and switch to a different one without feeling guilty about how much was spent on the curriculum. We can use SchoolhouseTeachers to supplement the curriculum we already have as well. Some of the resources (other than the main subjects) that I am excited to be able to utilize with my yearly membership is the Applecore Record Keeping System, 6 different printable Schoolhouse Planners for students and mom, plus More than 10,000 streaming videos from Right Now Media.
When browsing through the huge selection of Courses found on SchoolhouseTeachers.com we immediately clicked on the Art Category. The art section is divided up into elementary, middle school and High school. Many of the courses span more than one level, so you are able to do them with your whole family. We chose a course called Drawing with Realism taught by Jan Bower. This course was perfect for all three of my Children 12-18. There are currently 9 lessons available in this course, with each lesson having 4 video tutorials on how to draw such things as an apple, avocado, grapes, salt shaker etc. We started with the first lesson which is drawing an apple. Jan Bower is very knowledgable and interesting to listen to. The video’s show her drawing while telling exactly what she is doing. She is very encouraging and helps you to understand that drawing with realism takes time and patience. We learned about how to layer the different colors, use a color wheel to choose the shading colors, highlighting and much more. We probably spent over an hour doing the entire class. We were all very pleased with what we learned in this lesson and how our apple drawings turned out. We are very excited to continue on down the list and try out the other lessons available as well.
Another subject that we enjoy in our homeschool is Geography, so we checked this area out as well. We decided on Around the World: Learning More About Our Globe One Country at a Time by Terri Johnson a unit study on New Zealand. The unit study covered many interesting facts and stories about New Zealand history. One of the areas we found interesting was the section on Homeschooling in New Zealand covering the laws, government funding and freedoms they have. Learning New Zealand slang was fun as well. A book list is included with wonderful reads about New Zealand to check out as well as history timelines, mapwork and a craft (making a Kiwi). My daughter is excited to make some of the New Zealand Recipes found in the unit study as well. She is planning to make the Pavlova recipe as soon as we get the ingredients.
HomeschoolTeachers.com is full of valuable resources for your homeschool. Every time I visit the site I find more and more that I hadn’t even noticed before. There is so much to choose from you are sure to find many ways to help you in your homeschool journey. I am excited for the year ahead and the ability to search out courses and resources to supplement my homeschool.